Indian delegation visit Victoria to get the most out of their waste

From the 10-12th of December 2018 Liveability Victoria International hosted six delegates from India interested in learning more about Victoria’s construction and demolition (C&D) waste management practices. C&D waste recycling is an underdeveloped market in India so this delegation represented a good opportunity for the delegates to learn more about the best practice work being undertaken by Victorian companies.

Represented in the delegation were the state governments of Karnataka and Meghalaya, an environmental consultancy and a sand rock aggregates business.

Image: Delegates at LXRA Wyndham Vale Site

The delegation received a briefing from Sustainability Victoria on the C&D recycling industry. They then visited a variety of different Victorian businesses to see the different practices in action.

  • Repurpose It – a waste to resource business that holds the belief that all waste can be converted to valuable resources. They are currently building a new C&D waste washing facility that will be able to process 250 tonnes an hour of various waste streams such as rock, sand, silt, concrete and glass to make manufactured sand and clean aggregates.
  • BuildFit – is partnering with RMIT on a research project to develop a proof-of-concept of their digital platform that provides information about construction and building products that have demonstrated their compliance with Australian codes and standards, provenance and impacts.
  • VinsBins – a family run waste management company operating in the Mornington Peninsula area. They process and recycle 30,000 tonnes of building materials annually with approx. 82% of materials being recycled.
  • Outlook Environmental – a social enterprise that supports people with a disability through their waste management business. Working across three locations in Melbourne Outlook diverts waste from landfill and employs people with a disability or from disadvantaged backgrounds. They process a large volume of waste from some of Melbourne’s biggest infrastructure projects, including the Level Crossing Removal project.
  • Level Crossing Removal Authority Wyndham Vale Stabling Facility site to observe how they manage construction waste on site.
  • Alex Fraser – Australia’s leading producer of recycled construction materials
  • Egans – focuses on best practice outcomes for the resale and disposal of commercial grade workstations and office furniture.
  • Downer and Close the Loop – Close the Loop developed a new kind of road sealant using plastic bags, recycled printer cartridges and glass. They have partnered with Downer to use the sealant on a variety of road projects across Melbourne.

Image: LVI team member, Ben James, with the Indian delegates, Peter Mulherin (BuildFit) and Kevin Argus (RMIT University).

The initial feedback from the delegates has been very positive and there are possible collaboration opportunities being explored.

Interested in participating in future inbound delegations? Please contact Suzanne Knight at suzanne.knight@delwp.vic.gov.au to register your interest and find out about upcoming opportunities.

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